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Happ'nin's for you and your child

A few weeks ago, the Texas sun burned in the sky for a lengthy 14 hours and three minutes. It was June 21, Solstice, the first day of summer. Although it was the longest day of the year, the latest sunset actually occurs in early July. Astronomers have a name for this strange discrepancy, the Equation of Time. It is based on the unpredictability of the sun's travels across the sky, which in turn results in two different measures of time. Simultaneously, at the peak of summer, parents are also grappling with their own equation of time: Days are longer, school's over, bedtimes are screwed. Perhaps the sun is also full of drifting anxieties inspired by too much freedom. Thankfully, Contemporary Art Month is in full swing, filling our calendar with child-friendly activities that promise to keep you in time and on the town.

Follow the Eagles to the East, through the East Town @ Commerce and New Braunfels Street Neighborhood revitalization districts. Created by StoneMetal Press proprietor and Eastside resident Le Green, the eagles are a collaboration with the Community Economic Revitalization Agency and can be found decorating banners on lamp posts, billboards, and storefronts from East Commerce and I-37 to New Braunfels, and along New Braunfels to I-35. You can join a guided tour Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m., in the courtyard of the Friedrich Projects Spaces, 1617 E. Commerce, 710-1136.

From 2-6 p.m. Saturday, July 23, John Mata has organized an Artist Kite Flight across from Sala Diaz at 517 Stieren. Many well-known local artists are scheduled to fly their creations and all participants are welcome. For more info, e-mail

Who could pass up the first annual CAM Pushcart Derby Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Dignowity Hill Park, 1025 E. Crockett at the corner of Nolan and Hackberry? Ten artists and their teams have been invited to create racing machines that test the laws of science. For more info, contact Cruz Ortiz,

East Theo Street Project: A Neighborhood With A Mission celebrates its third year of artist-resident collaboration with a block party 5-8 p.m. Sunday, July 31, on East Theo across from Mission Concepción. Artists worked with neighborhood residents to create front-yard installations commemorating the 250th birthday of the Mission's church. For more info, e-mail project organizer Penny Boyer, For more general information and a complete calendar of official CAM events, e-mail or visit

Compiled by Jennifer Khoshbin

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